Homemade Reusable Dryer Sheets

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10 Minutes
Remember in high school when almost everything was potentially embarrassing? Like, oh my goodness, one hair is out of place or I stuttered when the teacher called on me?! The horror right?! Well, one time I had one of those moments with a dryer sheet at a football game – when you are supposed to be at your absolute coolest.
A group of my friends were all goofing around, I’m sure trying to be cool and impress people – like you do in high school. I had on a hoodie – because what else do you wear in high school and college, right? Suddenly, I felt a something slightly amiss with my sweatshirt. Things weren’t laying right and I was feeling a little itchy.
I investigated and – horror of horrors – I pulled out a dryer sheet from under my sweatshirt.
I frantically looked around. Did anyone see me pull that out of my sweatshirt? How embarrassing. I don’t know what to do! So (and HUGE shame on me) I quickly just throw it on the ground (ahh it still pains me to realize that I LITTERED) and walk away.
Suddenly, someone from my group of friends picks it up and holds it in the air. “What is this? Why the heck is this on the ground? Weird!”
I furtively look around. Did anyone see me? Is my super pale skin that has suddenly turned fire engine red giving me away? Few. No one is pointing at me and laughing. (Teenage) crisis avoided.
Not that it has haunted me forever, but I’ve never really been a fan of the static sheets over the years. Sometimes I feel like they are a waste of money, don’t work, and just add to the landfill. However, I have had some major static moments recently with my new sheets (that are more like blankets and are ahhhmazing) so I thought I would try something a little bit different – and a little more eco-friendly.
Mak eco-friendly, reusable laundry "sheets" for inexpensive, static free drying!
What you need:

A plastic container

Sponges, cut in half

Fabric softener


Optional: pretty paper, Mod Podge, paint brush, x-acto knife
What you need to do:

1. Before we get to the actual making of the reusable dryer sheets, you can choose to pretty up your container by cutting a piece of paper to fit the top and Mod Podging it on (one coat under and one coat over). Just because everything needs to be a little prettier, right?:)
The pretty finished top!
2. Mix together a 2 to 1 ratio of water to laundry softener, filling the container about 2/3 full.
I used regular water and store this in the refrigerator because some people have said they were worried about mold. However, I also heard if you used distilled water you shouldn’t have to worry about mold storing it out of the refrigerator.
3. Cut the sponges in half. Submerge in mixture. Close top and you’re done!
This is what the container looks like when you're done!
4. To use: Wring out two sponges and pop into the dryer with your wet laundry. Dry as normal.
Megan Aubrey
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  • Delilah Delilah on Apr 07, 2020

    Does it smell "sponge-y"? I know they're new ones, but you know that smell?

  • Melody Boling Medlock Melody Boling Medlock on Apr 10, 2020

    Have you had any issue with the sponges deteriorating? I would think that would be an issue. Or is there some sort of wear on the sponges that we should look for indicating that it is time to replace them with new sponges? Or are the sponges supposed to be replaced after (for example) 4 uses only?

    I am very interested in trying this.

  • Lisa Moody Lisa Moody on Apr 10, 2020

    I have had stained clothes from doing this it looks like a grease stain why? Has anyone else had this problem?

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  • Megan Megan on Apr 05, 2020

    For an teen reading this, if it happens to you. Put the thing in you pocket. If a friend finds it,tell them this. Oh we went to a park, camping, hiking, picnic [something that fits your family] and the bugs were bad. My mom gave us all one sheet to keep bugs away. It helped. Forgot to take it out of my pocket before my hoody was washed. Saved from all that anxiety the blogger went thru.

  • Wyldecent Wyldecent on Apr 21, 2020

    I use vinegar in the rinse and wool dryer balls that I put just a drop of essential oil (I vary the scents) on and have had no problems with static. My clothes also smell nice without the overwhelming scents of a lot of laundry products (I have to sensitive, unscented detergents).